Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men
Servings: 30 Yield: 2 1/2 dozen assorted-size cookies Prep 30 mins Bake 350°F 13 mins Decorate 1 hr

Ingredients

Cookies:
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup original molasses (such as Grandma's brand
  • Royal Icing (recipe follows)
  • Red Hot cinnamon candies for decorating

Make It

Cookies:

1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, then molasses. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Divide dough into 2 halves. Wrap; chill 2 hours.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. On a well-floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut shapes with assorted-size gingerbread cookie cutters; transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Reroll scraps; cut. Repeat with rest of dough.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool. Decorate with Royal Icing (recipe follows) and assorted candies. Makes 2-1/2 dozen assorted-size cookies.

Royal Icing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons water

Make It

1. In a medium-size bowl, combine confectioners sugar, powdered egg whites and water. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute to blend, then increase speed to high and beat 5 minutes until thick and shiny. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip, or a resealable plastic bag; snip small corner off bag. Pipe icing over cookies. Makes 1-1/2 cups icing.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 30; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 134, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 15, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 25, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 2, sodium (mg): 62, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.